242. Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy

1 Baptized into Thy name most holy,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
I claim a place, though weak and lowly,
Among Thy seed, Thy chosen host.
Buried with Christ and dead to sin,
Thy Spirit now shall live within.

2 My loving Father, Thou dost take me
To be henceforth Thy child and heir;
My faithful Savior, Thou dost make me
The fruit of all Thy sorrows share.
Thou, Holy Ghost, wilt comfort me
When darkest clouds around I see.

3 And I have vowed to love and fear Thee
And to obey Thee, Lord, alone;
Because the Holy Ghost did move me,
I dared to pledge myself Thine own,
Renouncing sin to keep the faith
And war with evil unto death.

4 My faithful God, Thou failest never,
Thy covenant surely will abide;
O cast me not away forever
Should I transgress it on my side!
Though I have oft my soul defiled,
Do Thou forgive, restore, Thy child.

5 Yea, all I am and love most dearly
I offer now, O Lord, to Thee;
O let me make my vows sincerely
And help me Thine own child to be!
Let naught within me, naught I own,
Serve any will but Thine alone.

6 Depart, depart, thou prince of darkness!
No more by thee I'll be enticed.
Here is indeed a tarnished conscience,
But sprinkled with the blood of Christ.
Away, vain world! O sin, away!
Lo, I renounce you all this day.

7 And never let my purpose falter,
O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
But keep me faithful to Thine altar
Till Thou shalt call me from my post.
So unto Thee I live and die
And praise Thee evermore on high.

Text Information
First Line: Baptized into Thy name most holy
Title: Baptized into Thy Name Most Holy
German Title: Ich bin getauft auf deinen Namen
Author: J. J. Rambach, 1693-1735
Translator: C. Winkworth, 1827-78 (alt.)
Meter: 98 98 88
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Baptism of Jesus
Tune Information
Composer: K. H. Dretzel, 1697-1775 (alt.)
Meter: 98 98 88
Key: F Major

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